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Uninstalling Windows XP full Home Edition

by Leadfootlily / May 25, 2005 12:28 PM PDT

I have Windows XP Full Home Edition on my computer and some programs (cd's) require either windows 95 or 98 in order to run. How do I completely uninstall my Windows XP Full Home Edition and then install windows 98 (with the recognition of windows 95) and then the upgrade to Windows XP? I have all of these cd's.

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I'm not quite certain I read this correctly.
by Steven Haninger / May 25, 2005 1:33 PM PDT

You mentioned installing 98 and then upgrading to XP but you have a full version of XP Home and not an upgrade version. Are you wanting to know if you can install 98 and then upgrade to XP on the same partition and expect 98 to still be there to handle older programs? If so, that's not going to work. You have two options. You can use fdisk to delete all partitions from the drive and then create a primary partition for Win 98 using only part of the drive. Let 98 format and install itself. Use the XP CD to partition and format the remainder of the drive. You should now be presented with options at boot as to which OS to use. You might also consider just leaving your XP drive alone and get a second drive to install 98. You should be able to select the boot drive by entering the BIOS to do so. It's an extra step but keeps things a bit cleaner in my opinion.

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uninstalling the FULL Version of Windows XP
by Leadfootlily / May 31, 2005 1:20 AM PDT

Okay, you misunderstand...... (1) I currently have the FULL Version of Windows XP Home Edition on my computer. (2) Some programs (not compatible with Windows XP) will NOT install onto my computer. (3) I DO HAVE THE UPGRADE VERSION OF WINDOWS XP (AND THE UPGRADE OF WINDOWS 98SE, AND WINDOWS 95). (4) How do I "UNINSTALL", my current FULL version of Windows XP and go back to everything else??? (5) I tried to do something in "Disk Management", but, have not been successful! ANY help would be appreciated.

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This is unlikely to happen.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 31, 2005 1:26 AM PDT

Here's why. If there was an uninstall, you would have used it.

As it stands you get to wipe out the system and set it up as you want.

OR... You can add Windows 98 per my supplied links.


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In addition to the other post
by glb613 / May 25, 2005 8:27 PM PDT

Windows 98 may not recognize or be able to run the hardware installed. So if you try to install that operating system alone, the computer won't work.

Have you tried to use the compatiblity feature included with XP? It sometimes will allow you to install and run older programs or games.

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Have you installed Windows lately?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 25, 2005 8:58 PM PDT

The driver issues alone are beyond most. Many only learn about motherboard drivers this way (or all the other drivers.) Microsoft does not get the drivers for us.

-> How about adding Windows 98 instead. This way you can keep the current working XP install and work on you 98 install (just as much work) plus when you realise that 98 isn't working either, then you can remove 98 without having to install XP again.

Here's the article about this ->

There is no support for either method you use, so be sure you know what you are getting into.


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